Lineup

May 27, 2007

FEATURES

BASEBALL

34 Turbulent Heir
Prince Fielder is out to prove that any resemblance to his father, Cecil, ends with his prodigious home runs
by Albert Chen

NBA PLAYOFFS

40 Winning the West
Even with a latter-day Stockton and Malone, the Jazz will be hard-pressed to stop the Spurs' march to the title
by Jack McCallum

HORSE RACING

46 Party Crasher
Just when it looked as if there might be another bid to end the Triple Crown drought, Curlin came of age
by Tim Layden

NHL PLAYOFFS

50 Senator Emery
Stylish goaltender Ray Emery has helped lift Ottawa to the Cup finals
by Michael Farber

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS

The New Main Event

Ultimate fighting changed its ways to gain acceptance. Now its success is changing the sports landscape
by L. JON WERTHEIM
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Departments

6 Leading Off

12 Letters

14 Players
• First Person: Justin Verlander
• The cycling trial takes a wild turn
• Al Unser Jr. cleans up his act
• A brief history of sports promises
• The Red Sox and their vino
• Are video games the new poker?

32 Faces in the Crowd

72 Life of Reilly
From childhood Matchbox fantasy to adult waking nightmare: roaring into Turn 1 at Indy
by Rick Reilly

Inside ...

68 Baseball
• A five-tool rookie sparks Houston
• Would the Cards deal Scott Rolen?

69 Track and Field
• The U.S. stars of the future ... now?
• Veterans with an eye on Beijing

70 NASCAR
• Denny Hamlin asserts himself
• Irksome Juan Pablo Montoya

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FEATURED COLUMNS

PETER KING

> Roger That
New NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is quickly putting his mark on the sport, and he's doing it by keeping an open mind. People in the NFL office in New York City hear the following from Goodell all the time: "How can we do things better?"
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JON HEYMAN

> Let's Make a Deal
Three trades that need to be made:
1) Reds OF Ken Griffey Jr. to the White Sox.
2) Rockies 3B Garrett Atkins and 1B Todd Helton to the Angels.
3) Nationals RP Chad Cordero to the Indians.
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PHOTOAL TIELEMANS (FIELDER)34 THE SLUGGER KNOWN AS PRINCE In just his second season, first baseman Prince Fielder has helped carry the Brewers to their best start in franchise history. PHOTOGREG NELSON (ULTIMATE FIGHTING) PHOTOBOB ROSATO (NBA) PHOTOMEL LEVINE (KING) PHOTOBILL KOSTROUN/AP (GOODELL) PHOTOMEL LEVINE (HEYMAN) PHOTOAL TIELEMANS (GRIFFEY) PHOTOMICHAEL PIMENTEL (RECHTS) PHOTOLOU CAPOZZOLA (BRIERE) PHOTOAL TIELEMANS (CARTER) ILLUSTRATION

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HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)